Cameras have relied on mechanics for operations such as changing focus since their early days, but all that may be about to change, according to Silicon Valley start-up LensVector.

The company, founded in 2006, emerged from four years in stealth mode today to announce its first product – an autofocus created with no moving parts – on silicon.

“The vision of the company is to replace all the mechanical aspects of a camera with solid-state alternatives, starting with autofocus,” Derek Proudian, chief executive, told me. Read more